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Bard MAT Program Hosts Hyde Park Middle School Students and Teachers for Weeklong Math and Science Enrichment Camp

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—During the week of July 14, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (Bard MAT) Program is hosting 25 7th–grade students and seven teachers from Hyde Park Central School District for a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camp that will promote inquiry-based learning in line with the Common Core Standards. The 7th graders from Haviland Middle School will engage in learning experiences that promote disciplinary understanding, anchored in writing, reflection, discussion and collaboration.

The emphasis on learning includes a focus on supporting students with a range of needs, interests, and abilities. The week culminates a nine-month professional development program in which Bard MAT faculty members worked with the Hyde Park teachers on how to develop and execute this type of “nontraditional” classroom activity. The camp and development program received funding from a 2013-14 Title I School Improvement Leadership and STEM Enrichment grant from the New York State Department of Education.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College, founded in 2003, has at its core an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and New York State Initial Teaching Certification or California Single Subject Teaching Credential (grades 7–12) in one of four areas: literature, mathematics, biology, or history. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, incoming students continue studies in that field while taking education courses that challenge them to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching. Combined with student-teaching experiences, the program’s instructionally innovative courses provide the basis for critical reflection on educational practice. Students can earn the degree in one-year/full-time or two-year/part-time options. The MAT Program is based on three campuses, in Annandale, New York; Los Angeles, California; and, with Al Quds University, in Abu-dis, the West Bank. For more information, visit



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This event was last updated on 07-15-2014